Attendance Rankings for All 32 NFL Teams

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2011

Attendance Rankings for All 32 NFL Teams

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates the Seahawks 41-36 victory against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jon
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    The NFL has wrapped up a regular season that was just as exciting as any, and is currently in the divisional round of the playoffs.

    They are, however, in the midst of a difficult struggle for power between the players and owners as a heated battle for a collective bargaining agreement comes into full view.

    One of the things that is always at the center of an argument between owners and players is revenue, and how that money should be spent.

    Well, one of the main forms of revenue generation for teams has been income from fans attending games. If butts are in the seats, people are usually happy, players are usually playing well, and owners are making money.

    However, this season has marked the third straight year of a decline in ticket sales ever since a record was set in 2007 with over 22 million tickets sold for the regular season.

    Many things can be attributed to this drop, from rising ticket prices to a down economy and the now wide-spread use of giant high-definition televisions.

    Here, we'll take a look at which teams are enticing fans to come to games even when the thought of sitting on their couch and not spending $11 for a beer seems more alluring.

    Both home and away attendance are taken into account for this ranking.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is pushed out of bounds by Alex Brown #96 of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Buccaneers defeated th
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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sitting at the bottom of the attendance heap in the NFL.

    Despite the fact that they went 10-6 on the season, and played in the toughest division in the NFL, with two other ten game winners giving them four must see games on the season.

    Tampa Bay only sold 75 percent of their home game tickets on the year, while people on the road came out to see them at a rate of 93 percent.

    Overall, their attendance rate was 84.8 percent, averaging 58,563 fans per game.

31. St. Louis Rams

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams hands the ball off to running back Steven Jackson #39 during their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on January 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Gre
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    The St. Louis Rams didn't have the benefit of playing in a division that would make for many exciting divisional games, but they did have the benefit of boasting a team that had one of the best turnarounds in recent memory.

    Despite the emergence of Sam Bradford, and the Rams missing the playoffs due to a loss in the final week of the season, they are still at the bottom of the NFL in attendance.

    The Rams filled their stadium 81 percent full for their home games, and drew stadiums to 90 percent full on the road, giving them an 85.5 percent attendance rate for an average of 56,949 fans per game.

30. Oakland Raiders

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Running back Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after scoring a touchdown in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Gett
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    The Oakland Raiders had the lowest home attendance rate in the NFL this season, filling their stadium only 73 percent full during the course of the season.

    Visiting teams, however, were able to come out at a rate of 97 percent to nearly fill their stadiums when Oakland came to town.

    That gave Oakland a total of 85.7 percent full stadiums per game this season, drawing 56,961 fans a game.

29. Cleveland Browns

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    3 Oct 1999:  A 'Dawg Pound ' sign hangs on a rail during a game between the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns at the Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Patriots defeated the Browns 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck  /Allsport
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    The Dawg Pound was as raucous as ever in Cleveland this season, but the rest of the stadium didn't fill as well as it has in years past.

    Cleveland filled 90 percent of the seats in their stadium this season, while filling 88 percent of the seats on the road.

    That gave them a rate of 89.2 percent full seats for the season and 63,619 attending their games per game.

28. Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 02:  Maurice Morris #28 of the Detroit Lions gets in for a fouth quarter touchdown in front of Jamarca Sanford #33 of the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on January 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 20-13.  (Photo by
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    Detriot has had to endure some hard times over the past few years, and they are starting to turn their team around.

    However, they only filled 87 percent of their seats at home this season, and 92 percent of them on the road.

    That gave the Lions an 89.6 percent attendance rate for the season, and 61,076 fans coming out to see them per game.

27. Buffalo Bills

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 26:  C.J. Spiller #21 of the Buffalo Bills makes a catch against Kyle Arrington #27 of the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    It gets pretty cold in Buffalo, so it's easy to imagine people wanting to stay at home in their cozy, warm homes and watching games on 60-inch televisions.

    Buffalo's home attendance rate was only 87 percent, while their road attendance rate topped 94 percent, giving them 65,593 fans coming out per game, and putting them over the 90 percent full mark total on the year.

26. Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  A fan of the Kansas City Chiefs supports his team against the Baltimore Ravens as the Ravens defeated the Chiefs 30-7 in the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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    Kansas City is the lowest on this list of any division winner in the NFL.

    They drew an average of 66,861 fans per game this season, which equated to an 88 percent full rate at home, and 96 percent full on the road.

25. San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers goes under center during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    San Diego almost always has beautiful weather, so it's hard to make excuses for them not filling their stadium every Sunday.

    They filled their stadium at a rate of 92 percent, and they filled away stadiums at a rate of 92 percent, so, their season average is playing in front of stadiums about 92 percent full.

    The Chargers drew an average of 64,294 fans per game.

24. Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12: Fans of the Washington Redskins watch the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Washington had a depressing season this year, with turbulence between their head coach and almost everyone on their team it seems, so it isn't too surprising that their fans got fed up with it.

    They filled their stadium at a rate of 90.7 percent full, while on the road they had about 96 percent of the seats full to play to.

    Their stadium is huge, so they drew an average of 74,609 paying customers per game, and averaged a 92.4 attendance rate on the year.

23. Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: A fan of the Miami Dolphins gets set for the game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    LeBron James may have taken his talents to South Beach, but that didn't help the Dolphins sell out games any.

    The Dolphins filled their stadium to a rate of 90 percent full on the season, and 95 percent full on the road.

    That brings them to an average of 92.7 percent full seats per game, and 67,315 people coming to see them per game.

22. Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  A Seattle Seahawks fan poses outside Qwest Field before the Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Seattle is capable of creating a small earthquake when they are at home, but they were not a huge draw on the road.

    Seattle sold out every game this season, as people can't seem to stay away from the beautiful and unique Qwest Field.

    However, on the road, people only came out to watch them at a rate of 88 percent per game, to bring their numbers down a bit.

    Overall, the Seahawks averaged 63,092 customers per game, and filled out stadiums to the tune of 94 percent full per game.

21. Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:  A fan wears a helmet to helmet hat due to the recent concerns in the NFL involving bad tackles during the San Francisco 49ers versus Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlot
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    The Carolina Panthers had one of the ugliest seasons in recent memory, but their home crowd still wanted to see them.

    They filled their arena nearly all the way full every Sunday, with a 98.4 home attendance rate this season, compared to a rate of 89.5 percent on the road.

    Carolina ended up drawing 67,806 fans per game which equated to just over 94 percent full stadiums per game.

20. Atlanta Falcons

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    Yes, this is my favorite picture in the history of everything.
    Yes, this is my favorite picture in the history of everything.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Atlanta boasted one of the best teams in the NFL, along with the best record in the NFC and just a great all around team, yet their attendance still didn't crack the top half of the league.

    The Falcons filled their stadium 95 percent full, while filling stadiums on the road just over 93 percent full, equating to a 94.3 percent rate total.

    They drew an average of 66,011 paying customers per game.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    HOUSTON - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Mike Thomas #80 of the Jacksonville Jaguars scores in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    For the past couple of years, it seems like the Jaguars have been the team that everyone relates to game being blacked out.

    Well, they aren't all the way out of the cellar yet, but they are doing a much better job than they have been at drawing fans in the past.

    Jacksonville is at 94 percent full stadiums at home, and 95 percent full on the road, giving them a total of about 94.5 percent full and 66,350 fans coming out per game.

18. Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 31:  A Cincinnati Bengals fan is dressed for halloween during the NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    The Cincinnati Bengals had their 57-game sellout streak snapped earlier this season, and with as ugly a record they had this year, it's not surprising.

    Only 92 percent of the seats in Cincinnati had butts in them this season, and about 97 percent of the seats on the road.

    They averaged 64,615 fans per game, which came out to an average of 94.6 percent full seats on the season.

17. Minnesota Vikings

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  A rear detail view of a fan of the Minnesota Vikings wearing a viking helmet with horns against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (
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    The Brett Favre Saga has taken its toll on the people of the country, and that is no different for the people of Minnesota, who had to deal with it every Sunday.

    Minnesota filled their stadium 94 percent full each week, and filled away stadiums 96 percent full when they went on the road.

    In all, they averaged 64,362 fans per game, and stadiums just over 95 percent full all year long.

    Plus, it doesn't help that the Metrodome imploded.

16. New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 21:  Ed Anzalone, alias Fireman Eddie,  super fan of the New York Jets leads a cheer against the Houston Texans during their  game on November21, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo b
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    The Jets filled the New Meadowlands at a rate of 95 percent this season, while filling stadiums in other cities at a similar 96 percent.

    Overall, the Jets averaged 72,710 fans due to the large stature of their stadium, and filled 95.6 percent of seats all season long.

15. Denver Broncos

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22:  A Denver Bronco fan cheers during the NFL football game against  San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    Until the Mile High Jesus was implemented as the quarterback for the Broncos late in the season, fans were depressed in Denver.

    They ended up filling their stadium to a rate of 98.4 percent at home, and 92.4 percent on the road.

    Denver drew an average of 69,700 fans per game, and filled stadiums 95.8 percent of the way full each game.

14. Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Kicker Jay Feely #4 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates with teamamtes and fans after scoring on a 5 yard rushing touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stad
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    Arizona may have had one of the biggest falloffs from last season to this season, but the fans still came out to see them for the most part.

    They nearly sold out every game this year at home, filling it 99 percent full for the season, and drew an average of 93 percent full stadiums when they went on the road.

    Overall, their average attendance ended up at about 96 percent full and attracted 63,920 fans per game.

13. New York Giants

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 07:  A fan of the New York Giants holds a sign during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 7, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Giants defeated the Seahawks 41-7. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    The Giants beat out the Jets for New York attendance supremacy this season, even though they ended up missing the playoffs and the Jets are a day away from playing the Patriots for a trip to the AFC title game.

    New York filled the New Meadowlands to nearly 96 percent full on the season, and drew stadiums to 97 percent full on the road.

    Their season average ended up at 74,443 fans per game, which made stadiums around 96.2 percent full for the season.

12. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans is mobbed by fans after he scored the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Reliant Stadium on October 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Get
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    Houston has been stuck in a perpetual, "there's always next season," mode for the past half a decade, but fans are still supportive of the team.

    They sold out every game this season at home, and averaged 93 percent full stadiums when they went on the road.

    The Texans filled out stadiums to an overall average of 96.5 percent, and drew 69,289 people out to the stadium per game.

11. San Francisco 49ers

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    GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 29:  A fan of the San Francisco 49ers waves during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 29, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    The 49ers had to deal with a coach that wanted winners, but couldn't make winners all season long, but they are a dedicated bunch, and they still did what they had to do to support their team.

    San Francisco nearly sold out every home game this season, averaging 99.3 percent full stadiums at home, and 94.1 percent full on the road.

    That equals to about 96.6 percent full in total, and 67,766 fans coming out to watch a football game every weekend.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Fans of the the Pittsburgh Steelers cheer during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pittsburgh won 13-10.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    The Pittsburgh Steelers are the first team to crack the top ten, as they are always a big draw all over the country.

    They filled Heinz Filed 97.1 percent full when they were at home, and filled road stadiums 96.3 percent of the way full.

    That equates to 65,607 paying customers every Sunday, and an average of 96.7 percent full stadiums each week.

9. Green Bay Packers

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 19:  A fan of the Green Bay Packers cheers for the team prior to the start of the game against New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    The Green Bay Packers had another good season, and another good showing from their fans, but was anything less really expected?

    Lambeau Field was 97.1 percent of the way full each weekend, and on the road people came out to see them at a rate of 97.3 percent per game.

    Their games were filled 97.2 percent of the way, and they drew an average of 70,166 fans per game.

8. New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: A fan of the New Orleans Saints cheers during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)
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    If you are the defending champions, you had better be in the top ten in attendance, and the New Orleans Saints have done just that.

    New Orleans filled the Superdome 96 percent full for the season, and people on the road came out to see the champs and fill their stadiums 99 percent full along the way.

    That equated to an average of 97.3 percent full stadiums for the season, and 69,570 paying customers per game.

7. New England Patriots

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  New England Patriots fan in the stands during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Ever since Tom Brady started winning titles, the people of Boston have come out to cheer on their excellent team.

    Gillette Stadium sold out every game this season, and on the road, the Patriots filled stadiums at a rate of 95 percent per game.

    That gave them a total attendance rate of 97.5 on the season, and an average of 68,047 fans coming out to watch them each week.

6. Tennessee Titans

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    It doesn't hurt when your starting quarterback hangs around to sign autogaphs either.
    It doesn't hurt when your starting quarterback hangs around to sign autogaphs either.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

    Tennessee was a wishy-washy team all season long, but their fans did their part week in and week out.

    They filled LP Field every week, selling out each game this season, and the team filled road stadiums 95.8 percent of the way full for the season.

    Their total average on the season is 97.8 percent full stadiums and 69,704 people coming out to watch them and Jeff Fisher's mustache each week.

5. Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 12: Fans of the Chicago Bears try to stay warm as they watch the Bears take on the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Im
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    If ever there was a city that loves their football, its Chicago.

    They more than filled Soldier Field each week, as their attendance rate was 101.1 percent for the season, and on the road they filled stadiums 95.1 percent of the way full.

    Overall, they filled football stadiums 98.1 percent of the way full each week, and drew an average of 64,807 customers per game.

4. Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Fans of the Baltimore Ravens smile for a photo during the second quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Baltimore has always been a dedicated fan base, and this season, they cracked the top five in attendance.

    The Ravens filled up their stadium 100.3 percent full for the season, and filled road venues up 97 percent of the way.

    On the season, Baltimore's attendance rate ended up at 98.6 percent and ended up with 70,214 people coming out to their football games each game.

3. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  A Philadelphia Eagles fan poses for a photo before they play against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris
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    Philadelphia may have the fans with the worst reputation, but at least they come out to support their team.

    With the resurgence of Michael Vick, the Eagles more than sold out each game this season, filling their stadium 102.3 percent of the way full each home game, and drawing over 97 percent full stadiums on the road.

    On the season, they averaged 70,370 fans coming out per game, which equated to stadiums being 99.9 percent of the way full. Maybe if they averaged 70,371 per game they would have cracked 100 percent.

2. Indianapolis Colts

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    I don't know what this man is.
    I don't know what this man is.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Indianapolis built themselves a dome a few years ago, and they have been filling it up ever since.

    The Lucas Oil Dome, a.k.a. The Drum was spilling over this season, as it was filled up 106.3 percent of the way, and the Colts got people coming to their road games at a rate of 97.1 percent full stadiums.

    In all, the Colts averaged a crowd of 68,361, which was 101.4 percent of the capacity of the stadiums that they played in.

1. Dallas Cowboys

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    SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21:  Fans of Dallas Cowboys cheer during the pre-season NFL football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    They may have had a terribly disappointing season, but they absolutely crushed attendance numbers this season.

    The Cowboys, with their fans all over the country, filled road arenas up at a rate of 100.9 percent, and their new stadium, which holds a small country's worth of people, was filled 108.8 percent of the way.

    They drew 79,873 fans per game, and ended up filling stadiums 105.1 percent of the way on the season.

    At least you were number one in something Dallas.

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